Amelia Island is a Category 1 Evacuation Zone. In the event that a Hurricane, regardless of its category, is expected to strike Amelia Island, a
mandatoryevacuation may be announced.
Failing to evacuate, when informed to do so, is a violation of state statute.
- Once you are instructed to evacuate, you must do so without hesitation.
- All residents should have an Evacuation Plan in place before Hurricane Season.
- Keep in mind that the Shave bridge on the west side of the island may be closed to vehicular traffic when it is determined that sustained winds of 45 mph or more render it unsafe.
- Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages.
- Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
- Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car.
- Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
- Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
- Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
- Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
- Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
If Time Permits...
- Gather your disaster supplies kit.
- Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
- Secure your home:
- Close and lock doors and windows.
- Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves.
- Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
- Let others know where you are going.